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Carl J. Martinson, MD, Lectureship in Preventive Medicine

Date: 04/19/2013

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Theater Coffman Memorial Union

Cost: Free


The focus of this year's lecture is, "GDM in Translation: Moving from Risk Factors to the Prevention and Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.”

Keynote speaker
Dr. Michelle Williams, ScD is the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Previously a professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, Williams has a longstanding relationship with the HSPH Department of Epidemiology, from which she received her doctorate in 1991.

She has published more than 280 scientific articles and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the American Public Health Association's Abraham Lilienfeld Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Williams with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Dr. Williams's major research interests lie in the areas of women's reproductive health and child health. Her work focuses on integrating genomic sciences and epidemiological research methods to identify risk factors, diagnostic markers, treatments and prevention targets for disorders that contribute to maternal and infant mortality. Her current activities include research and teaching collaborations with epidemiologists in Peru, Chile, Thailand, and Ethiopia.

The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing worldwide. GDM and the risks associated with GDM lead to increased health care costs and losses in productivity. The objectives of this talk are to (1) review the epidemiology of GDM; (2) discuss clinical strategies for screening, diagnosing and managing GDM; and (3) evaluate opportunities for preventing GDM and Type 2 diabetes among those women with a history of GDM.

The Carl J. Martinson, MD, Lectureship in Preventive Medicine was established by The Martinson Clinic Foundation as an endowed annual lecture in the interest of health promo­tion and disease prevention, to be conducted for the University of Minnesota, through the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health.

The lecture honors the mem­ory of Carl J. Martinson, MD, who founded the Minnetonka Hospital, The Martinson Clinic, and actively promulgated good health habits as the way to a productive, long, happy life.


  • Name: Nola Fortner
  • E-mail: fortn001@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 626-8816
  • Sponsored by: School of Public Health


Coffman Memorial Union parking and directions: http://sua.umn.edu/about/directions/coffman.php

More information: https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=dG9hcmt0M3JuMzkzdjI2ZmhoNGxpYTFwbTggOGVqZXFwM2I4aTVvMnRpbWJkcWprdDN2Y2tAZw&ctz=America/Chicago

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Nola Fortner, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, fortner@umn.edu, 612-626-8816.


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